|Born||Tiffany Sarac Haddish
(1979-12-03) December 3, 1979
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Nationality||American and Eritrean|
Tiffany Sarac Haddish (born December 3, 1979) is an American comedian and actress. After guest starring on several television series, Haddish gained prominence as Jackie on the first season of the OWN television drama If Loving You Is Wrong from 2014 to 2015. From 2015 to 2017, she starred as Nekeisha Williams on the NBC sitcom The Carmichael Show. After appearing in the 2016 comedy film Keanu, Haddish made her film breakthrough as Dina in the 2017 film Girls Trip, for which she received critical acclaim.
Early life and education
Haddish was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Her father was a refugee from Eritrea and is from a Jewish family. Her mother is African-American and was a small business owner who was part of the Jehovah’s Witnesses religion. After Haddish’s father left when she was three years old, her mother remarried and went on to have more children; Haddish has two half-sisters and two half-brothers.
In 1988, when Haddish was eight years old, her mother was in a car accident and went through the windshield of her car. Haddish was supposed to babysit her younger siblings while her mother worked night shifts at the post office. The family at the time lived in Colton, California. The accident caused Haddish’s mother to have brain damage, as well as causing or triggering schizophrenia. The family moved back to South Central. After a period of time, Haddish began taking care of her siblings while her mother was having severe problems functioning. Haddish was twelve when the family was split up and the children were put into foster care, before her grandmother was awarded custody. In foster care, Haddish used comedy as a way to cope with being in situations with new people. At one point she was hospitalized with toxic shock syndrome.
Haddish attended George Ellery Hale Middle School in Woodland Hills. She graduated from El Camino Real High School, also in Woodland Hills, where she was the school mascot. Haddish said that until high school she could not read very well, but improved when she received tutoring from a teacher. Haddish also got in a lot of trouble at school, although she won a drama competition that featured Shakespearean monologues. After her social worker gave her an ultimatum to either attend psychiatric therapy or go to the Laugh Factory Comedy Camp, the 17-year-old Haddish attended the Comedy Camp in mid-1997 as an outlet for her pain, and discovered her passion. Haddish has said that the mentorship from many notable comedians literally saved her life. Haddish has explained that she incorporates her past real life experiences in her sets, finding that doing so functions as a sort of “safe space” for her.
She has made guest appearances on such shows as, Chelsea Lately, That’s So Raven, My Name Is Earl, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Underground, Nick Cannon’s Short Circuitz, Just Jordan, In the Motherhood, Def Comedy Jam, Reality Bites Back and New Girl. She has also starred in movies such as Meet the Spartans and Janky Promoters. In 2013, she had a recurring role on Real Husbands of Hollywood.
In 2014, Haddish was cast in the Oprah Winfrey Network series If Loving You Is Wrong. She left the soap after the first season for a regular role on the NBC sitcom The Carmichael Show as Nekeisha, the semi-estranged wife of Bobby Carmichael (Lil Rel Howery). As of 2017, the show completed its third and final season.
In 2017, Haddish starred alongside Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Regina Hall in the comedy film Girls Trip for Universal Pictures. The performance was cited by many critics as a Bridesmaids Melissa McCarthy-style breakout. The film has received positive reviews from critics and became a box-office hit.
Haddish will star in the 2018 comedy film Night School alongside Kevin Hart, and reunite with Girls Trip director Malcolm D. Lee. She is also set to lead in the comedy Limited Partners for Paramount Pictures.
Haddish volunteers at the Laugh Factory Comedy Camp and for homeless and other charities that help people. For a period, after she graduated from high school, Haddish was homeless, living in her car. She also had a brief experience in Scientology.
|2005||The Urban Demographic||Janice Green|
|2008||Meet the Spartans||Urban Girl|
|2010||Wax On, F*ck Off||Prostitute||Short film|
|2011||Driving by Braille||Drum Major|
|2012||What My Husband Doesn’t Know||Falana|
|2013||A Christmas Wedding||Aurora|
|2014||Patterns of Attraction||Sandra Lewis|
|2015||All Between Us||Mishawn|
|2016||Keanu||Trina “Hi-C” Parker|
|2017||Girls Trip||Dina||New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
American Black Film Festival Rising Icon Award
Pending — Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Pending — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
|2005||That’s So Raven||Charlotte||Episode: “When in Dome”|
|2006||Bill Bellamy’s Who’s Got Jokes?||Herself (contestant)||Episode: “Warm It Up in LA”|
|2006||My Name Is Earl||Robin||Episode: “The Bounty Hunter”|
|2006||It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia||Stripper||Episode: “Charlie Gets Crippled”|
|2006||The Underground||Various||Episode #1.3|
|2007||Nick Cannon’s Short Circuitz||Various||Episode #1.1|
|2007||Just Jordan||Diamond||Episode: “Krumpshakers”|
|2008||The McCaingels||The Bride||Recurring role|
|2008||Reality Bites Back||Herself (contestant)|
|2008||Racing for Time||Denise||Television film|
|2008||Da Network||Odette||Television film|
|2009||In the Motherhood||Teddy||Episode: “It Takes a Village Idiot”|
|2009||Secret Girlfriend||Jessica’s Co-Worker||Episode: “You and Your Ex Call It Quits”|
|2011–2012||Chelsea Lately||Herself||4 episodes|
|2013–2014||Real Husbands of Hollywood||Tiffany||7 episodes|
|2014||Funniest Wins||Herself (contestant)||5 episodes|
|2014–2015||If Loving You Is Wrong||Jackie||Series regular, 14 episodes|
|2014||New Girl||Leslie||Episode: “Exes”|
|2014||TripTank||Delsyia (voice)||3 episodes|
|2015||Faux Show||Felicity||Television film|
|2015–2017||The Carmichael Show||Nekeisha||Series regular, 25 episodes|
|2016–present||Legends of Chamberlain Heights||Cindy (voice)||Series regular, 18 episodes|
|2017||The High Court with Doug Benson||Herself (guest bailiff)||3 episodes|
|2017||Animal Nation with Anthony Anderson||Tina the Brain Coral (voice)||7 episodes|
|2017||Tiffany Haddish: She Ready! From the Hood to Hollywood||Herself||Showtime comedy special|
|2017||Saturday Night Live||Herself (host)||Episode: “Tiffany Haddish/Taylor Swift“|
|2018||The Last O.G.||Shay||Main cast|